Traveling with CHEF MEL
My love for travel really started when I took my first group of students on a trip to Japan. I had traveled out of the country before to visit my mother in Venezuela when I was much younger, but wasn’t fully aware of what the impact on travel would have on me. When I was in Japan I just kept thinking to myself “I can’t believe I am in Japan!” It was then that I got the travel bug. I love travel and all that it entails ….. minus the jetlag! It was that trip that made me realize that this world is so, so large and we live in the tiniest portion of it. There is so much to explore and learn. My next trip with my students was to France and I came back a few pounds heavier – I’m pretty sure that I was sweating butter and cream when I returned, but I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. Fast forward a couple of years and I was sent on a trip to Cuba to explore the possibility of taking our students there. That was a dream come true for me! I think I will save that story for a later post, so stay tuned!
Once my husband and I got married we started traveling more. Our first trip was to Antigua for our honeymoon, then we went to Europe (Italy, France and Spain) with family, Jamaica, NYC, Cape Cod, Boston, Jordan, Palestine, North Carolina, Cuba, and most recently, Hungary and Croatia. I don’t know that I can pinpoint what my favorite spots were, but probably the most memorable for me abroad were Palestine and Cuba.
Palestine was special for me because that is where my husband’s family is from, not to mention the rich religious history it has. A couple of years later and we were exploring where my mother was from, Cuba. I had been there twice already, once as an exploratory trip with a group from SAIT in Canada, and then once with my students, so it was very special for me to be able to share this with my family and our close friends.